Monday, 05 June 2017 07:21

Report outlines hurdles to APAC digital transformation


A company that provides a platform for low-code development has released a study on the state of application development in the Asia-Pacific region and the associated challenges.

OutSystems said it had come up with seven key findings after interviewing 680 IT professionals in the region.

Low-code is a way to design and develop software fast and with minimal hand-coding.

The company said these findings affected IT workers from the chief technology officer down to frontline developers:

Huge backlogs slow productivity: About 45% reported having a backlog of mobile apps, some with more than 10 apps waiting to be developed.

The skills gap is hampering growth: Although 93% said mobile functionality was either a requirement or very important, 42% of organisations reported a shortage of mobile developers and 53% reported a knowledge gap in the skills needed.

Development times are excessively long: About 69% said it took more than three months, on average, to develop a mobile app. For 8%, the time was more than a year. As a result, 43% said they are unhappy with the speed of the application development team.

Barriers to success are overwhelming: Lack of skills, time and budget were the top challenges.

Mobility requirements are soaring: Mobility was the most common business requirement for apps, up from sixth place in the 2015 survey. Additionally, 93% said they were required or else told it was important to incorporate mobile functionality into current and future apps.

Experimentation is on the rise: About 44% said they were either using, or considering using, low-code or no-code platforms to support their IT strategy. About 43% also said that their employer was enabling outside developers to capitalise on this technology.

Low-code is growing: Companies that had adopted low-code development platforms were seeing improvements in mobile app development times.

“Our 2017 survey reveals that many IT professionals in Asia Pacific are facing significant challenges when it comes to digital transformation and application development,” said Mark Weaser, Asia Pacific vice-president for OutSystems.

“Most organisations struggle with massive backlogs, no time to innovate, scarce resources and complex systems. And this problem only gets worse with more complexities in the business initiatives and demands for mobile and Internet of Things.”


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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.



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